Growing up in North Florida, hot dogs were as much a part of the 4th of July celebrations as firecrackers in the mail box. While Daddy was helping us girls roast our hot dogs, skewered on a palmetto stick, over an open flame, he told my brothers, “Now, don’t go putting those lit firecrackers in the mailbox.” My brother Pat took that as a great idea and was off to the mailbox…and you can probably imagine what ensued.
That was long ago, but I still enjoy a good hot dog and am happy to say, I discovered some of the best are West Virginia Hot Dogs, covered with cole slaw, and introduced to me by my hillbilly husband Jack. My first Skeenies hot dog was at the location in Tampa, where the traditional hot dog was served with chili and cole slaw. The Tampa shop closed but the original Skeenies is still in West Virginia, just north of Charleston on Route 21.
For over 65 years Morrison’s Drive-Inn in Logan has been a popular spot and Jack remembers driving up to the “kids” side of the building when he was in High School…
and then there is Frostop Drive-In in Huntington, where the frosted mugs of homemade root beer have been enjoyed with a hot dog since 1959.
West Virginia Slaw Dog
16-ounce package shredded cabbage
1/4 cup sugar
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup buttermilk
1 lemon, juiced
½ teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Place finely chopped cabbage in a large bowl.
Whisk together sugar, mayonnaise, buttermilk, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Pour over cabbage and toss.
Chill 2-8 hours.
Use as a topping on hot dogs.
One more trip to Logan, West Virginia before Jackson moved to the DC area.